Kevin Archer

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Kevin Archer
Also known asAl Archer
Born (1958-12-21) 21 December 1958 (age 61)
Birmingham (UK)
Years active1970s – 1980s
Associated acts The Killjoys, Dexys Midnight Runners, The Blue Ox Babes

Kevin "Al" Archer (born 21 December 1958) is an English guitarist and songwriter.

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Career

Archer played with Kevin Rowland in the punk rock group the Killjoys.

In 1978 Rowland and Archer formed Dexys Midnight Runners. Archer co-wrote some of the songs on the group's debut album Searching for the Young Soul Rebels . [1] He used the name "Al" because Kevin Rowland decided that the group was not big enough to accommodate two Kevins. After the first album Archer, exhausted by Dexys' touring schedule, left the group in early 1981. Archer has said he enjoyed the musical side of the group, but did not enjoy the culture of the band under Rowland's direction. [2]

He then formed the Blue Ox Babes. The band finally signed to Go! Discs Records for three singles and an aborted album, Apples & Oranges, which belatedly saw release in 2009. [3]

Personal life and health

Archer believed Kevin Rowland stole much from the Blue Ox Babes. [4] He was subsequently diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. [3]

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References

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  3. 1 2 Troussé, Stephen (2012) "Let's Make This Precious!", UNCUT , June 2012, p. 30
  4. Reed, John. "A Tale of Two Kevins". Record Collector. Retrieved 25 March 2020.